Monday, June 17, 2013

Bay Hargrove Park

Bay-Hargrove Park is so small (half an acre, just slightly more than a backyard), and tucked away in a neighborhood, so you'd miss it completely if you weren't intentionally looking for it. But it's a lovely little bonus if you live in the area and need to get the kids out of the house!

What it is: 
It is a small plot of land settled amongst houses between Geer and Trinity. There is a small playground and two picnic tables. There is a spring-based rocking horse, a small slide situated on a little hill, two typical swings, two baby swings, two picnic benches, a water fountain, and a small paved sidewalk. 

What we like:
I appreciate that it is a neighborhood pocket park, which is within walking distance for families living in that area. It would be a nice alternative to a backyard for a small birthday party for locals, or perfect for a block party as there is wide open space for picnic blankets.

What we'd change: 
This playground was built in the late 1970's and despite the original metal structures being replaced by safer, sturdier ones, it is in great need of TLC. Larger parks that serve more of Durham's population clearly get more funding, while pocket parks like this typically remain the same for quite a while. It could greatly benefit from neighborhood involvement to add more structures, a community garden, bathrooms, or a grill. There is little to no parking for visitors and the amenities don't really make it a destination park. I am not familiar with the neighborhood and can't speak to the safety, but it is surrounded by houses and likely a good deal of foot traffic. 

Website and other important information:

Address: 208 Hargrove Street, Durham 


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